Aviation engineering is of great value to the development of Sweden in terms of both transport and defence. The aviation industry is a hi-tech sector from which it is also possible to disseminate technological advances to other branches of industry. Effective research and training in the field is important.
The aim of the National Aviation Engineering Programme (NFFP) is to further develop research resources within the country at companies, research institutes, universities and colleges and to co-ordinate the utilisation of these resources.
As part of the research conducted in the field in Sweden, the NFFP should help to promote the competitiveness of Swedish industry. The programme should also increase Sweden’s ability to actively participate in and benefit from international research and technological collaboration.
The programme covers research in the field of aviation engineering that is of interest for both civil and military purposes.
In December 2005, an agreement was signed between the State and the companies Saab AB, Volvo Aero Corporation and Ericsson Microwave Systems AB on a fourth National Aviation Engineering Programme (NFFP4). This was partly a consequence of the positive results of the evaluation conducted in 2004 (see the evaluation report below) which noted that the NFFP has been very successful in achieving its objectives.
The implementation of the NFFP is governed by a decision-making body appointed by the Government. This is made up of one member and one deputy member from each of the participating companies and from the Swedish Armed Forces, VINNOVA and the Defence Materiel Administration. VINNOVA acts as the administrative office of this body and implements the decisions it makes.
A call was issued under the programme in 2005. A less extensive call (compared to the one in 2005) was issued in June 2006 with a closing date September 15, 2006.